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Mable Greer's Toyshop & New Gigs
09:01:15 - RIP Tom Dawe
21:01:14 - Local MNDA fundraiser a great success
24:03:13 - Latest Gig News
17:01:13 - January 2013 Onward
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year for the band with lots of other
activities going on around the project. These include Max's involvement
with Mabel Greer's Toyshop. We
had some great shows at Legends of
Rock in March and The Pewsey
Music Festival in August.
have also teamed up with original Tantalus bassist
Steve Meston & former Boot Led Zeppelin frontman Luke Ward to form
a great new 70s era Genesis
tribute called I Know What I Like.
be online very soon and we are pleased to announce that
we will be doing at least 2 'double header gigs' with I Know What I Like later this year.
We have our first two 2016 gigs coming up
The Robin 2, Bilston
And also have The Tropic at Ruislip booked for Nov 18th
Mable Greer's Toyshop & New Gigs
Max Hunt will
be joining the reformed Mable Greer's
Toyshop, featuring original MGT founder members Robert Haggard & Clive Bayley for live shows in
Paris, London & Berlin promoting their great new album New Way Of Life.
for more information.
Fragile have some
new shows booked including:
Saturday 8th August at The Pewsey Music Festival
founder member and longest serving member Tom Dawe sadly lost his aweful
battle with Motor Neuron Disease
on Sunday 4th January. Tom
contributed so much great playing & fun to the band and was always
much more that a 2nd guitarist, covering many Trevor Rabin & Steve
Howe parts brilliantly, he will be sorely missed and our prayers go out
to his family and friends xx
Click here to see our public Facebook photo album featuring many
great shots of Tom in action.
05:08:14 - Many thanks to all who attended the 2014 WORLD CUP ROCK PARTY (MNDA/Motor Neuron Disease Association Fundraiser) featuring The Jawbreakers, Hardtail, Fragile & Boot Led Zeppelin on June 14th. Thanks to your wonderful support we managed to raise £522
21:01:14 - Local MNDA fundraiser a great success
A Huge thank you to all that attended the
Croft Hall Fragile featuring (the wonderful) Claire Hamill show last
night. We had a fantastic night & you all managed to raise £700 for the MNDA a brilliant result
for an event on a Sunday in early January.
We're so happy that Tom was able to to
attend the event despite not being well enough to perform with us.
(Thanks to Simon
Arnold for this wonderful shot of Tom in action!)
As Chris Squire (the
longest serving torchbearer of Yes) lovingly wrote back in 1978:
There's a love, I feel for you
Proclaimed in everything I write
You're the light
Bearing these beautiful words in mind, we are very sad to have to announce that for a variety of unavoidable personal and professional reasons Steve Carney, Rob Illesh, Chris Hook & Russ Wilson all decided to call it a day with Fragile at the end of 2012. In a further blow, Tom Dawe has had to pull out of current involvement with the band due to serious ill health. We wish Tom all our love, a good outcome and speedy recovery & hope to have more news soon. Love, honour & sincere appreciation goes out to 5 members who have all been a light burning brightly for Fragile over the years!
This is all without a doubt a huge blow for Fragile, but one strong thread remains that will keep this project going, and that is a burning aspiration to continue the project on to new heights of achievement and forge new and exciting collaborations. It is Max Hunt's perpetual & fathomless appreciation of Yes, combined with the legacy & experience of performing and working with Yes members past and present, that has lead the way to the formation of a great new line-up. This will see the band back on the road performing classic Yes shows from May 2013.
We are delighted to announce the following new members; Claire Hamill - Lead Vocals, Nigel Bromley - Drums & Oliver Day - Lead Guitar.
In an exciting turn of events Claire Hamill joins Fragile on lead vocals. Claire has had a distinguished musical career and offers a great blessing to the project being a genuine link to Yes. With help from Alan White, in 1971 she was signed & launched on Island Records as one of Britain's first female singer-songwriters and compared by several commentators of the time to Joni Mitchell. Claire has worked with Alan White, Steve Howe, Jon & Vangelis & Wishbone Ash and performed internationally as support on tours with many well known artists including John Martyn, Procul Harem, Jethro Tull, The Kinks and Jackson Browne. Claire sang lead vocals on the 1980 Steve Howe track 'Look Over Your Shoulder' and her 1974 song 'You Take My Breath Away' was recorded by Eva Cassidy and used on a movie soundtrack gaining huge international popularity.
Following a recent partnership with Max on another project, Fragile are proud to welcome Nigel Bromley on drums. Nigel has worked prolifically as a professional, touring with Wham, Albert Lee, Nitin Sawnhey, Heather Myles, James House, Crystal Gale and Gotham City Horns to mention a few. Nigel is an exciting player visually and is a great addition to the new line-up.
Lastly, but by no means least, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of stunning young guitar prodigy Oliver Day. Oliver is currently studying at the Leeds College of Music, has performed many solo Steve Howe pieces publicly and has appeared with Seyes and Gordon Giltrap. Oliver has a stunning live repertoire of Steve Howe pieces and is a welcome addition to Fragile, bringing a new element of heightened authenticity to the project.
We will have some good news about the bass player situation very soon. So, it's Onwards through the night for Fragile. We're currently already in rehearsal with a great new live show which is shaping up to be a powerful, beautiful & personal tribute to Yes and more, performed by a stunning new line-up that aims to carry this project to new heights of achievement.
05:12:12 - We had a lovely last outing for 2012 and this long lasting and special line-up of Fragile at the Brook on Nov 18th, a huge thank you to all those who attended the show and helped make this such a special event for all of us. Also many thanks to all of you that have continued to support the band in our endeavors to pay a genuine and heartfelt musical tribute to Yes at our live shows throughout 2012, despite many people being in difficult situations. We really appreciate your support and hope to see many of you along the way again at future events.
We're working on some great plans & new collaborations for a new line-up to be launched in Spring 2013.
We'll have a lot more news for you all in January so please check back.
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09:11:12 - Many, many thanks to all who attended the Tropic at Ruislip show last Friday, we had a great turnout and a such an appreciative audience it all helped to make it a wonderful night for us.
The very last gig for this year will be at the Brook in Southampton on Sunday 18th November (http://www.the-brook.com/). We hope we a get a really good turn out for this show too, so that we can end the year & our current live activities on a real high note and at a brilliant venue!
A lot is going on behind the scenes & major plans are afoot for next year. We'll be making further announcements about all this in January. So, hope to see lots of you lovely people at the Brook on the 18th:-)
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01:09:10 - Roger Dean Exhibition/Fragile Show Sept. 25th
Roger Dean & Fragile are top news on www.yesworld.com again this September thanks to a combined event being organised and hosted by Trading Boundaries in East Sussex.
We're pleased to announce that our next show on September 25th at Trading Boundaries in Sussex, will be held in conjunction with a Roger Dean Exhibition at the venue and that the great man Roger will hopefully be in attendance again to meet people and sign prints and books. Tickets for the show are £15 and there will also be an option to order a meal separately.
26:03:10 - Pro session drummer RUSS WILSON joins FRAGILE
Following Johnny Marter's unavailability for forthcoming dates this year, Fragile are pleased to welcome the addition of highly talented pro session drummer Russ Wilson. Johnny has been pivitol in getting the band back off the ground and we really appreciate his great input to date and are sad that we have to part company for the time being!! Russ has done loads of session work including a project with Adam Wakeman back in the 1990s. We're currently rehearsing a new set for 2010 with Russ and look forward to seeing you all on the road.
18:11:09 - FRAGILE meet YES!
Members of FRAGILE met STEVE HOWE, CHRIS SQUIRE, ALAN WHITE & BENOIT DAVID after the YES show at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on Monday night. Please visit our Myspace blog for more information and pics.
17:09:09 - Autumn tour dates and a special one-off show with Roger Dean
Check out our Myspace for some great links on YouTube of the Mathew Street Festival with ALAN WHITE, along with new photos and a new blog about the day with ALAN:
We're doing a special one-off Fragile show at the Restaurant Bar at Trading Boundaries in East Sussex on October 2nd. The gig is taking place during a ROGER DEAN art exhibition being held at the venue and ROGER will be attending the event in person. Tickets are £35 and include a 2 course meal. See our gigs page link above for more details.
We're starting our Autumn tour next week with dates at the Robin 2 in Bilston, Riga Music Bar in Westcliffe-on-Sea, the Boom Boom Club in Sutton and the Standard in Walthamstow. See our gigs page link above for more details.
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31:08:09 - FRAGILE PERFORMING WITH ALAN WHITE at the Mathew Street Festival yesterday
Fragile had a great time with Alan White yesterday at the Mathew Street Festival. The band performed Owner Of A Lonely Heart and Roundabout with Alan at the end of a 45 minute set at the 40,000 capacity Tunnel Stage in front of a huge and very appreciative crowd.
25/03/09 - House Of Prog show at The Peel, Kingston & FRAGILE to perform with very special guest at The Mathew Street Festival this August.
Just a quick note to remind you that the next FRAGILE show is at 'The House Of Prog', The Peel, Kingston on Saturday Night ( www.peelmuzik.com, www.myspace.com/houseofprogression). Please see our gigs page above for more info.
Hope to see some of you there.........
We've been busy booking more gigs for this year including a mini-tour in September & we're also scheduled to play a show at the great Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool on August 30th. This show will feature a very special high profile guest......more news to come soon about that soon (oh soon the light;-).
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04:03:09 - FRAGILE appear on the Richard & Judy show with Rick Wakeman, Roger Dean, & Rowland Rivron
The band just got back from a lively and highly entertaining afternoon filming session on the RICHARD & JUDY NEW POSITION show with Rowland Rivron, Rick Wakeman and Roger Dean at Cactus TV in London today.
We originally thought that this would be aired tonight but on arrival at the studio discovered that it will be shown on Friday 6th at 6pm and then again on Monday 9th at 2pm on WATCH TV (Sky 109 / VirginTV 124).
10/10/08 - Fragile Awaken!
Yestribute.com is delighted to announce that Fragile will be back in action in 2009! The decision follows events in August which saw Steve Carney perform a one off show with Max Hunt’s Awaken project, and Max joining Steve for the Fragile ‘reunion’ show at the Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool.Fragile will sport a fresh look for 2009 and beyond with established members Steve Carney, Max Hunt, Rob Illes and Tom Dawe, being joined by
Chris Hook (Voyager, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Kiki Dee, Dave Mattocks, Purple Project) on bass
and Johnny Marter (Voyager, Marillion, Bernie Marsden's Alaska, Don Airy, SAS band, Glen Hughs, Graham Bonnet, Jon Anderson, Amy Winehouse, Sugarbabes) on drums,
both of whom being founder members of Max's Awaken project.
The development sees the internationally acclaimed Fragile given new impetus through the involvement of Chris and Johnny, both of whom are well known and highly respected in the business.
The link up comes one year on from Fragile’s 2007 European tour with Steve Howe which saw them firmly established as part of the wider Yes family. Since then, Max has continued to write with Jon Anderson, and continued the Yes flavour with the creation of Awaken.
Mathew Street was the catalyst for renewed contact between Max and Steve, and in the run up to the festival appearance Steve performed with Awaken at a show in Cornwall. The gig convinced Steve that the Awaken line up had enormous potential and re-ignited his passion for live work. Similarly the Mathew Street Festival ‘reunion’ a week later reaffirmed Fragile as an enduring act that Yes fans will travel far and wide to see with the band performing to an audience in excess of 11,000.
In the knowledge that Mitch Harwood and Jon Bastable had both declared their intention that Mathew Street would be their final gig with Fragile, Max and Steve considered the possibility of a mutually beneficial merger. This wonderful development brings together the strength of the Fragile brand with the energy and dynamism of the Awaken project.
The band will undertake a number of low-key warm up shows across late 2008 and early 2009 with a view to a full re-launch in the spring of next year. Detailed plans for 2009 will be announced in due course, and Fragile look forward to meeting friends old and new along the way!
Watch this space!
some great audio samples and pics to check out!
02/05/08 - Fragile 10th Anniversary one off gig at Liverpool
To Be Over - Ten True Summers Celebrated!
in special anniversary show!!
Yestribute.com is delighted to announce that Fragile will be reforming for a special appearance at the Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool this August bank holiday. Fragile will be performing on Sunday the 24th August in celebration of their ten years as an internationally acclaimed Yes tribute act.
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In a surprise development Steve Howe & Fragile performed their 2006 show together again on Saturday 11th November but this time at a private party on the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. The band were contacted back in September about this engagement and all stops were pulled out to make it happen. The trip was a great success and Fragile had a fantastic time with Steve Howe and our wonderful Swiss hosts.
It was a fantastic
experience for all, performing classic Yes music live in 2006 just a
kilometres down the road from St Martins church in Vevey where, back in
Jon & Rick had played together in the church pews on harp and organ
on the music that was to become Awaken in the midst of the towering
Following a highly successful year for Fragile, including the one-off Steve Howe & Fragile show at The Robin 2, Bilston in June 2005, 2006 sees the band embarking on The Awakening Your Hearts Tour' with many dates already booked and more dates still to be announced.
In a further unprecedented move, the band will be undertaking a UK mini tour with Steve Howe, comprising just four exclusive shows in a stunning selection of venues as:
Steve Howe & Fragile - Four Nights Of Siberian Yes
The first of these exclusive shows will take place on Tuesday 27th June in the 300', 250+ year old man-made cavern that is The Rum Store at Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard. This is part of an amazing man-made three cavern system that was a slate mine in past times and incorporates a large subterranean lake and mineral collection. The Rum Store, so called, being near to Plymouth and therefore used to store all the Royal Navy's rum during wartime, now accommodates a regular concert theatre venue.
These stunning and beautiful subterranean surroundings are sure to provide a magical setting for classic Yes songs and music. The whole show will then move on to the gothic splendour of the converted church that is The Point at Cardiff Bay on June 28th, then on to the West Midlands venue that Steve Howe's relationship with Fragile all started at, being The Robin 2 in Bilston, on June 29th, and then finally The Brook in Southampton on July 1st.
These evenings are likely to take shape in a similar format to the 2005 show, with Fragile performing a set spanning 35 years of Yes music, followed by Steve Howe performing a diverse set of his own work and culminating with Fragile joining Steve on-stage to perform a final rousing selection of timeless Yes classics together.
Be advised to book your tickets early as these shows are sure to sell out quickly!
The lines between reality and fantasy are normally very clearly drawn. We go about our daily lives with a sense of resignation and purpose, and we dream of the seemingly unattainable. However, once in a while these separate states collide, and on the 9th June 2005 Fragile stepped into the realms of the surreal.
As Europe’s premiere Yes tribute band, Fragile have made many friends and acquaintances over the last seven years. Amongst these is the delightful Pam Bay. Pam runs the Steve Howe Appreciation Society (SHAS) and is a major league Yes fan. In May, Pam contacted Steve Carney of Fragile with a remarkable proposal, namely the possibility of Steve Howe appearing with Fragile.
Pam passed on Steve Howe’s number and over the next few weeks a plan for Steve to guest with Fragile took shape. Phone discussions between Steve Howe, Steve, Max and Rob firmed up the arrangements and approach. It was agreed that Fragile would perform a curtailed main set as an opener to the evening, to be followed by Steve Howe performing a solo set. The evening would then be completed by Fragile joining Steve for a handful of classic Yes songs.
The 9th June arrived and with it an atmosphere and vibe unique in the band’s history. The recently refurbished Robin was the ideal venue for this special occasion and anticipation was high. The band made it to the venue early to routine a revised Fragile set aimed at a broader audience than normal. Then at around 5pm Steve and Geoff, his technician, arrived. Greetings were exchanged and Steve immediately got on with the business of setting his gear up. No rock prima donna here, just a regular guy and his beloved guitars. Steve spent a while getting his sounds right and then suggested the band join him for a rehearsal of the agreed triumvirate of ‘Siberian Khatru’, ‘Starship Trooper’ and ‘Roundabout’.
Each of the numbers received careful attention, and Steve’s grin showed that he was enjoying the experience as much as the band. A brief master class from the Yesman addressed issues of tempo and colour in the songs, and by the end Fragile and their special guest were grooving beautifully. Steve and the guys then made their own preparations for the night ahead.
The doors of the Robin were opened early as the size of the crowd became apparent. With over 500 advance ticket sales and another 350 turning up on the night, the 700 capacity was quickly reached. The atmosphere was electric and as Fragile hit the stage a roar filled the venue. The band delivered an eclectic set of Yes in all its shape and forms, and numbers performed included ‘South Side Of The Sky’, ‘Machine Messiah’, ‘Astral Traveller’, ‘Time And A Word’, ‘Wondrous Stories’, ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’, ‘And You And I’ and the Fragile speciality, the Yes medley (showcasing ‘Yours Is No Disgrace’). The one and a half hour set put the crowd in fine mood for what was to follow.
The stage was duly rearranged for the maestro, and Mitch left his percussion duties for one moment to become the evening’s MC and proudly announce the arrival of “Steve Howe!”. To thunderous applause Steve bowed and made himself comfortable amongst an array of gear. What followed was a simply wonderful set with a strong Yes flavour, interspersed with humour and showmanship. Steve performed crowd favourites ‘Clap’ and ‘Mood For A Day’, and a medley of themes from ‘Close To The Edge’. Other delights included the Grammy nominated ‘Masquerade’ from ‘Union’ and ‘Ram’ from the first Steve Howe album. The set also showcased a variety of pieces selected from his subsequent solo career. It was a tour-de-force of how one man and a guitar can hold a large crowd, and at the end, the pleasure of such a warm reaction was clear on Steve’s face.
Then to the finale, Steve announced the arrival of Fragile back on stage as his solo equipment was cleared. The appearance of his trusty Gibson was enough to prompt apoplexy amongst the crowd, and suddenly without fanfare the intro’ to ‘Siberian Khatru’ wafted over the PA. Cue madness as Steve and Fragile launched into the 1972 classic. Rob handled bottleneck slide and fills as Steve ripped up the end solo to great effect. As the song reached its crescendo the crowd went ape and the faces on this very special version of Fragile beamed satisfaction.
The next song was dedicated to the crowd and Mitch counted in the unmistakable intro’ to ‘Starship Trooper’. Steve and the band very quickly began testing the rehearsed version and improvisation started to kick in. Supported by Max on superb keys, Rob and Tom providing crucial guitar fills, and powered by the rhythm machine that is Mitch on drums and Jon on bass, this rendition of ‘Starship’ was soaring and swooping like the Moorglade Flyer itself. As the song reached its conclusion with ‘Wurm’ Steve’s playing went astral and some of the licks were simply incredible. If they had any doubt before, the crowd now new they were witnessing something special!
Steve and the guys left the stage to tumultuous applause and Tom returned to test the water “Do you want one more!”, as if there was ever any doubt!
Steve Carney, whose lead vocals had been in fine Anderson like form all night made clear what a privilege the evening had been and thanked both Steve and Pam for making it all possible. Then with a cascade of notes, the professor ripped into ‘Roundabout’ and the night set off towards its inevitable conclusion. Steve coloured the song beautifully using the full armoury of his sounds and effects to recreate the original spirit of the 1971 classic. With the choral harmonies of the outro’ the end of the evening was signalled, and in a power chord flourish it was all over.
Fragile deferred to their special guest and stood towards the back of the stage, but Steve was having none of this. Fragile ‘deluxe’ lined up as one and took their bows, and the sensational Robin audience duly responded. Then with a wave the moment was gone, passing into the collective memory, forever treasured.
Backstage Steve and the guys buzzed with delight and talked their way through the highlights of the thirty-minute set. Steve said that it had been like Yes, but a very different Yes, and in many ways a very English and very earthy Yes. Then with the night winding down appreciation and thanks were exchanged and in a wonderful touch Steve gave each of the band a firm handshake and a hug on his departure.
As the Robin emptied and the crowds who had caused gridlock in Wolverhampton gently slipped away, the balmy early hours of the 10th June arrived. In the days after the gig all the band acknowledged a condition now commonly recognised as post traumatic Yes disorder, its going to be a very hard affliction to shake off!
The account of our night with Steve Howe by definition can only capture one view of the experience, that of Fragile. At the time of writing, reviews and photographs of the evening are already arriving. The personal experience of each author is reflected in the words and images, and this was a moment when performers and fans merged. Without doubt, the unifying power of Yes music was truly celebrated.
We will in due course be devoting space at www.yestribute.com to our night with Steve, and we very much encourage our friends throughout the Yesworld to contribute. Send us your messages, reviews and pictures, and indeed even if you weren’t at the Robin, feel free to participate to what we hope will become a very special and important part of our website.
I want conclude by thanking the following people for making the 9th June 2005 possible:
Steve Howe, Pam Bay, Jon Bastable, Mitch Harwood, Rob Illes, Max Hunt, Tom Dawe, Chris and Wendy Jones, Gerlinde, the mighty Simon Arnold, Steve (you can have my bed) Lacey, Chris Walkden, Paul Aylott, Martin Kessel, Mike Hamblett, the Robin regulars and converted new recruits, and of course Yes for the original inspiration.
From the moment I reached out to hold, I felt a sound, and what touches our soul slowly moves as touch rebounds
05/05/05 - Fragile to perform with Steve Howe at the Robin 2
Fragile return to the Robin 2 on the 9th June with a unique show and can now reveal that this event will feature an appearance by none other than Yes guitar legend Steve Howe. Steve has added the date to his schedule of European solo dates for June 2005 and will perform on the evening both as a solo artist, and with Fragile the UK and Europe's premiere Yes tribute act, in a finale of Yes classics.
The night promises to be a landmark event and you are urged to book in advance for what promises to be a sell out show.